Alexandra Grandison

Dr Alexandra Grandison (née Clifford)


Senior Lecturer

Biography

Research interests

Research Aims

My main research aim is to investigate the contribution of language, higher cognitive processes and low level perceptual mechanisms to categorisation. My research explores categorisation using behavioural and electrophysiological techniques such as eye-tracking and Event-Related Potentials.

I am particularly interested in the nature and development of colour categories and the role of colour in development. My research has investigated aspects of colour perception in infancy and early childhood such as colour preference, colour salience, colour term acquisition and the role of colour in infant object recognition. My work also explores the impact of colour on performance in achievement contexts. These projects constitute an ongoing body of research that has been conducted at the Surrey Baby Lab, of which I am the current Director.

My research also focuses on cross-cultural comparisons of colour language and perception, comparing speakers of languages with different colour lexicons to explore the processes involved in colour categorisation.

Research Projects

  • Effects of culture and experience on colour associations
  • Time course and neural markers of categorisation
  • Infant and adult colour perception and cognition
  • The influence of colour on performance in achievement contexts
  • Effect of language on low level perceptual and higher cognitive processes
  • Cross-cultural differences in colour perception and cognition

Research Skills

  • Event-Related Potential technique with infants and adults
  • Colour science techniques such as reliable colour measurement
  • Experimental techniques for infancy research including infant and toddler eye-tracking and novelty preference
  • Cross-cultural fieldwork

Research collaborations

  • Dr. Matthew Baerman, University of Surrey, UK
  • Dr. Oliver Bond, University of Surrey, UK
  • Professor Greville Corbett, University of Surrey, UK
  • Professor Ian Davies, University of Surrey, UK
  • Professor John Everatt, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Professor Anna Franklin, University of Sussex, UK
  • Dr. Amanda Holmes, University of Roehampton, UK
  • Professor Julio Lillo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • Dr. Paul Sowden, University of Surrey, UK
  • Dr. Naomi Winstone, University of Surrey, UK

Teaching

  • Cognitive Psychology, FHEQ Level 4 (Year 1), 2010-present, module convenor 2010-15
  • Thought and Language, FHEQ Level 6 (Year 3), module convenor 2010-present
  • Cognitive Psychology, FHEQ Level 5 (Year 2), module convenor 2010-present
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dissertation supervision, 2010-present
  • Academic Tutorial Programme, FHEQ Level 4 (Year 1), module convenor 2014-15
  • Perception and Cognition, FHEQ Level 7 (MSc), module convenor 2014-15
  • Aspects of Experimental Psychology, FHEQ Level 7 (MSc), 2010-15
  • Personal and Professional Development, Professional Training Year, module co-convenor 2012-14
  • Evaluation of Placement Learning, Professional Training Year, module co-convenor 2012-14
  • Transfer of Placement Learning, Professional Training Year, module co-convenor 2012-14
  • Professional Skills and Applied Psychology, FHEQ Level 5 (Year 2), module co-convenor 2011-14

Departmental duties

Director of the Surrey Baby Lab

Professional Accreditation Lead

Coordinator of the Graduate Teaching Assistant programme

Member of the Staff Student Liaison Committee

Member of the Undergraduate Teaching Committee

Conference Presentations

Grandison, A. (2015). The relationship between noun categorisation and perceptual categorisation: A developmental and cross-linguistic approach. Gender and classifiers: Areal and Genealogical Perspectives, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Su Yun Tham, D., Sowden, P.T., Grandison, A., Franklin, A., Lee, A., & Ng, M. (2015). A systematic investigation of colour and concept associations. European Conference on Visual Perception, Liverpool.

Pedley, A., Grandison, A., & Sowden, P.T. (2015). Could a red pen really lower maths test scores? An investigation of colour driven cognitive effects. European Conference on Visual Perception, Liverpool.

Almurtaji, Y., Everatt, J., Grandison, A., Winstone, N., Al-Sharhan, A., & Elbeheri, G. (2015). The relationship between behavioural problems and academic achievement in Kuwait primary schools. British Dyslexia Association (BDA) Conference, Oxford.

Clifford, A., Witzel, C., Chapman, A., French, G., Hodson, R., Skelton, A., Steedman, R., & Franklin, A. (2014). Memory color in infancy? 37th European Conference on Visual Perception, Belgrade. Abstract published in Perception, S43, 151.

Clifford, A. (2013). The development of colour-object associations. For presentation at a symposium: Shinskey, J. (Convenor). Picture-mediated learning: from associative to symbolic understanding in the first 5 years. British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference, Reading.

Alvarez, J., Clifford, A., Holmes, A., & Franklin, A. (2012). Attention modulates hemispheric lateralisation of categorical colour search: An alternative account for 'Lateralised Whorf'. Progress in Colour Studies, Glasgow.

Clifford, A., Franklin, A., Holmes, A., Drivonikou, G.V., Ozgen, E., & Davies, I.R.L. (2012). Neural correlates of acquired categorical perception of colour. Progress in Colour Studies, Glasgow.

Taylor, C., Clifford, A., & Franklin, A. (2012).The relationship between colour-object associations and colour preference: Further investigation of Ecological Valence Theory. Progress in Colour Studies, Glasgow.

Clifford, A., Sowden, P.T., & Davies, I.R.L. (2011). Color language does not affect chromatic thresholds. 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston.

Clifford, A. (2011). Using ERPs to investigate visual categorisation in infancy. For presentation at a symposium: Reid, V. (Convenor). ERP studies with infants - a methodology under review. British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference, Northumbria.

Clifford, A., Drivonikou, G.V., Franklin, A., Sowden, P.T., Davies, I.R.L. & Lillo, J. (2011). Newly learned category effects are based on post-perceptual processes. 4th Iberian Conference on Perception, Mallorca

Taylor, C., Clifford, A., Franklin, A. (2011). Mere exposure influences male colour preference, yet female colour preference remains resistant to change. 11th Vision Sciences Society conference, Florida.

Franklin, A., Taylor, C., Al-Rasheed, A., Clifford, A. & Alvarez, J. (2011). Biological components of colour preference are not universal. 11th Vision Sciences Society conference, Florida.

Clifford, A., Franklin, A., Holmes, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2008). The time course and neural markers of infant and adult colour categorisation. 2nd Progress in Colour Studies Conference, Glasgow.

Drivonikou, G.V., Clifford, A., Franklin, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2008). Category training affects colour discrimination. 2nd Progress in Colour Studies Conference, Glasgow.

Franklin, A., Clifford, A., Holmes, A., Drivonikou, V.G. & Davies, I.R.L (2008). Neural markers and lateralization of categorization in infancy: the domain of color. For presentation at a symposium: Franklin, A. & Kaldy, Z. (Convenors). Infants' use of color in understanding the physical world. 16th International Conference of Infant Studies, Vancouver.

Clifford, A. (2008). Infant colour categorisation: An ERP study. 12th Annual Psychology Research Student Conference, Guildford.

Clifford, A., Franklin, A., Holmes, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2007). Colour categorisation in infancy: An ERP Study. 13th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Jena.

Clifford, A. (2007). A neurophysiological approach to colour categorical perception. 11th Annual Psychology Research Student Conference, Guildford.

Clifford, A., Holmes, A., Franklin, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2006). Neurophysiological evidence of colour categorisation in infancy. British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference, London.

Drivonikou, G.V., Franklin, A., Clifford, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2006). Hemispheric asymmetries of colour categorisation in infants. British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference, London.

Franklin, A., Holmes, A., Clifford, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2006). The nature of categorical perception of colour: Neurophysiological evidence from event-related brain potentials on a visual oddball task. Experimental Psychology Section, Plymouth.

Clifford, A., Franklin, A., Holmes, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2006). Neurophysiological evidence for categorical perception of colour. 29th European Conference on Visual Perception, St Petersburg. Abstract published in Perception, S35, 192.

Holmes, A., Clifford, A., Franklin, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2006). The nature of categorical perception of colour: an ERP study. 6th Congress of the Federation of European Psychophysiology Societies, Budapest.

Franklin, A., Daoutis, C., Clifford, A., Riddett, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2004). Visual search for colour in four-month old infants: The effect of linear separability. 14th Biennial International Conference of Infant Studies, Chicago.

Franklin, A., Riddett, A., Clifford, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2003). Language and categorical perception of colour: developmental and cross-cultural approaches. 26th European Conference of Visual Perception, Paris. Abstract published in Perception, S31, 87.

Public Engagement

  • Audio interview: "The First Year of Life", Guardian Virtual Reality, to appear in 2017
  • Consultant: “The Happy Song”, C&G Baby Club, 2016
  • Supporting Learning and Creativity: A Workshop for Stakeholders, 2015
  • Psychology Careers Conference, Guildford Sixth Form Network, 2015
  • Television interview: Story House Productions, ZDF Television, Germany, “The Magic of Colours”, 2015
  • Presenter: Café Scientifique Guildford, September 2014
  • Presenter: Science Showoff, British Science Academy Science Communication Festival, 2014
  • Stand-up comedy: Bright Club Scotland, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2013
  • Audio interview: BBC Radio 4 "Technicolour: Colour Naming", 2013
  • Stand-up comedy: Bright Club Guildford, 2012
  • Magazine interview: Stylist magazine, 2012
  • Magazine interview: Mente & Cervello (Mind and Brain; Italy), 2012
  • Consultant: BBC Horizon “Do You See What I See?”, 2011

My publications

Publications

Grandison, A., Sowden, P.T., Drivonikou, V.G., Notman, L.A., Alexander, I., & Davies, I.R.L. (2016). Chromatic perceptual learning but no category effects without linguistic input. Frontiers in Psychology: Perception Science, 7, 731. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00731

Grandison, A., Davies, I.R.L., & Sowden, P.T. (2014). The Evolution of GRUE: Evidence for a new colour term in the language of the Himba. In W. Anderson, C. P. Biggam, C. Hough and C. Kay. Colour Studies: A broad spectrum. Amsterdam, NL: Benjamins, pp. 53-66.

He, X., Witzel, C., Forder, F., Clifford, A., & Franklin, A. (2014). Color categories only affect post-perceptual processes when same- and different-category colors are equally discriminable. Journal of the Optical Society of America, 31, A322-A331.

Taylor, C., Clifford A. & Franklin, A. (2013). Color preferences are not Universal. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 1015-1028.

Clifford, A., Franklin, A., Holmes, A., Drivonikou, V.G., Özgen, E. & Davies, I.R.L. (2012). Neural correlates of acquired colour category effects. Brain and Cognition, 80, 126-143.

Clifford, A., Franklin, A., Holmes, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2011). Investigating the underlying mechanisms of categorical perception of colour using the Event-Related Potential technique. In C.P. Biggam, C. Hough, C.J. Kay, & D.R.C. Simmons (Eds.), Progress in Colour Studies: New Directions in Colour Studies. Amsterdam, NL, John Benjamins.

Drivonikou, G.V., Clifford, A., Franklin, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2011). Category training affects colour discrimination but only in the right visual field. In C.P. Biggam, C. Hough, C.J., Kay, & D.R.C. Simmons (Eds.), Progress in Colour Studies: New Directions in Colour Studies. Amsterdam, NL: John Benjamins.

Clifford, A., Holmes, A., Davies, I.R.L & Franklin, A. (2010). Color categories affect pre-attentive color perception. Biological Psychology, 85, 275-282.

Clifford, A., Franklin, A., Davies, I.R.L. & Holmes, A. (2009). Electrophysiological markers of categorical perception of colour in 7-month-old infants. Brain and Cognition, 71,165-172.

Holmes, A., Franklin, A., Clifford, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2009). Neurophysiological evidence for categorical perception of colour. Brain and Cognition, 69, 426-434.

Franklin, A., Drivonikou, G.V., Clifford, A., Kay, P., Regier, T. & Davies, I.R.L. (2008). Lateralization of Categorical Perception of color changes with color term acquisition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 47, 18221-18225.

Daoutis, C., Franklin, A., Riddett, A., Clifford, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2006). Categorical effects in children's colour search: a cross-linguistic comparison. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 24, 373-400.

Franklin, A., Clifford, A., Williamson, E. & Davies, I.R.L. (2005). Colour term knowledge does not affect categorical perception of colour in toddlers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 90, 114-141.